Keep DRM out of Web standards

Four protesters from around the world

Explore the gallery of photos against DRM in Web standards.

For years, we have been fighting Hollywood and proprietary software companies who want to weave Digital Restrictions Management into the HTML standard that undergirds the Web. The DRM proposal, known as EME (Encrypted Media Extensions), would make it cheaper and more politically acceptable to impose restrictions on Web users, opening the floodgates to a new wave of DRM throughout the Internet (read our position letter). Decision-making about the standard lies with the W3C (World Wide Web Consortium). It's under heavy pressure from the DRM industry to allow DRM in Web standards, but its leadership also knows that its decisions affect people around the world, and doesn't want to ignore the opinion's of the Web's users. By building an international gallery of selfies (a Web-native means of expression), we show them that users of the Web everywhere say no to DRM in Web standards.

To add your selfie:

1) Make a sign a sign protesting DRM in Web standards. Include the name of your location. Try our printable sign and fill in your location if you're not feeling creative.

Four protesters from around the world

Try our printable sign or make your own.

2) Take a selfie with your sign in front of a landmark, distinctive local feature, or skyline. The best landmark? One of the 20 W3C offices, scattered across the world (addresses for USA's and Japan's and all others).

3) Send your pictures to Photos sent to us will be shared under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license. Please either:

  • Include the name you would like us to use to attribute the photo to you; or
  • Let us know that you would like to remain anonymous.

4) Post them on social media with the hashtag #hollyweb.